Contractor threatens litigation against Nigerian government in Russia

Contractor threatens litigation against Nigerian government in Russia

- There seems to be litigation looming against the Nigerian government over a case of debt and breach of contract

- The court case is specifically targeted at the Presidential Amnesty Programme

- The situation may likely turn into an embarrassment to the Nigerian Embassy in Moscow

A contractor of the federal government has threatened to sue the Presidential Amnesty Programme over alleged breach of contract.

Mr. Mauris Okoli, owner of a logistics firm, has since contracted a Russian firm to demand compensation from the government, failure of which he will head to court.

Narrating his ordeal, Okoli said in 2011 when the Niger Delta Amnesty students were facing deportation and the problem was fast turning into a huge embarrassment for the Nigerian Embassy and the Federal Government of Nigeria, the authorities pleaded with him to save the situation.

According to him, he was appointed the coordinator of Niger Delta students in Russia back then.

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He said the students were later sent to study at Patrice Lumumba People’s Friendship University in Moscow and the South-Western University of Kursk.

He revealed that the total debt incurred during the process is about two hundred and seventeen million naira.

The development is more worrisome as African leaders including Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, are expected to gather for the forthcoming Russian-Africa Economic Summit scheduled to hold from Wednesday, October 23 to Friday, October 25.

A Russian law firm known as Iniurcollegia, already wrote on Okoli's behalf to suggest that issue of compensation to him to prevent litigation.

There are also fears that Okoi might have mobilised the support of the African community in Russia to stage a massive protest in front of the embassy during President Buhari’s scheduled visit.

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